Today I’ve got nothing. Nothing, except a tomato the size of my kid’s head.
Did you know that RedDog is the ONLY one in our family who likes fresh tomatoes? He’ll eat them straight off the vine with a little salt. It’s like candy to him.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are trying to control our gag reflexes.
We like tomatoes cooked in pastas, sauces and salsas. The Hubby and I even like them finely diced in salads or pico de gallo. But there’s a seedy, slimy thing we can’t handle with fresh tomatoes.
This huge tomato came from my friend Michelle’s garden. She cuts Owlie’s hair and while we were there the other day RedDog sat and ate baby cherry tomatoes by the handful off her vines. He also claimed this bad boy as his prize for sitting through a boring old haircut. He had half of it for lunch on Saturday and the other half on Sunday. He was a happy boy.
We try to eat pretty healthy around here. We’re not “all organic” or “no refined sugar” healthy, but I try to limit the junk and cook fresh and from scratch instead of buying prepared foods.
I have recommitted myself to menu planning to help our grocery budget and maintain consistency in our healthy eating. Just FYI, here’s what’s on the menu this week:
- Calzones, green salad & peaches
- Sloppy Joes, sweet potato fries, green beans
- Asian cole slaw, pot stickers, brown rice, pineapple
- Chicken, pesto & pinenut pasta, breadsticks, fall salad
- BBQ chicken, quinoa blackbean corn salad, fresh fruit
The only premade item on that menu will be the pot stickers. I know it’s only five meals, but Friday I have a date with some girlfriends at Café Rio and Saturday The Hubby and I will head to the temple, so the kids will make dinner (probably grilled cheese, mac and cheese or frozen pizza). Gotta get away from the kitchen or I end up hating the cooking portion of my job.
For full disclosure’s sake, I will admit that two of my kids will love everything on this menu, one will like about half and one will HATE all of it except the fruit and bread. But I don’t cook to make my kids happy, I cook to make them healthy (and my Hubby happy).
What’s on your menu this week? Are you a menu planner?